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  • 28 Jan
    导出博客文章RIO DE JANEIRO -- Olympic boxing is bloody again.Men are fighting without
    headgear for the first time in 36 years, making the sport debatably safer and
    undoubtedly more attractive to fans. But the most tangible consequence is gore:
    More than a dozen boxers at the Rio Games have already incurred significant
    facial cuts in the first six days of the tournament.Algerian middleweight Ilyas
    Abbadi was unsure how he got the 1 1/2-inch gash outside his left eye during his
    victory over Congos Mpi Ngamissengue on Tuesday, but blood trickled down his
    face during the bout. The cleaned-up wound still gaped to reveal bloody tissue
    afterward, and he could only hope his training staff could close it
    satisfactorily before his next fight Friday.Now I know the value of the
    headgear, Abbadi said through a translator. I think for the amateurs, that would
    be better. I would prefer to fight with headgear, but this is how it is.The
    Olympics are the amateur games biggest showcase by far, and the sport
    desperately hoped a major cut wont ruin a fighters hopes through medical
    disqualification. It happened for the first time Thursday, when a 2-inch cut
    near Armenian welterweight Vladimir Margaryans right eye forced the stoppage of
    his bout with Cuban gold medalist Roniel Iglesias after just 87
    seconds.Margaryans coach, Karen Aghamalyan, said his fighter already had a cut
    from his first Olympic bout four days earlier. Ringside physicians couldnt close
    the gash when it re-opened in the first minute against Iglesias, who was a heavy
    favorite.In pro boxing, the sight of blood on a fighters face and chest is
    common -- and an undeniable part of the sports primal lure. But that visceral
    reminder of the sports inherent violence had been rare in the modern amateur
    game until the International Boxing Association (AIBA) removed headgear from its
    fighters in 2013, citing scientific studies claiming protective padding actually
    increases brain injury.Although AIBA has worked to improve its boxers fighting
    styles to minimize head clashes, cuts have become a steady occurrence at major
    tournaments ever since, often when two skulls collide in an up-close exchange of
    punches.The absence of headgear has led to several grisly, compelling scenes in
    preliminary bouts.Russias Adlan Abdurashidov and Algerias Reda Benbaziz both
    were cut Tuesday during their lightweight bout, which was stopped twice in the
    second round for Abdurashidov to receive medical attention. Blood dripped
    steadily from Benbazizs face in the third.The guy was using his head a lot, and
    he received a warning from the judge, Benbaziz said after winning the decision
    despite a 2-inch cut through his right eyebrow, which was already swelling
    moments after the bout. Yeah, it will affect my next fight, but we will have to
    fight with an injury. I wish I could be using the headguard.Abdurashidov could
    only grimace in frustration, blood caked to his upper chest above his tank
    top.The first minute after the cut, it was very uncomfortable for me,
    Abdurashidov said. I took some punches because of my eye. It was from a
    head-butt. Usually, its very good to fight without headgear, but today it was a
    minus. In general, its better for me without.Abdurashidov echoed the feelings of
    many fighters, who appear to be roughly split on the change. Despite the risk,
    many boxers prefer the increased peripheral vision and freedom of movement
    allowed by an uncovered head.I dont like getting cut, but I prefer to fight
    without headgear, said Irelands David Oliver Joyce, who was left bloodied by a
    clash of heads in his loss to Azerbaijans Albert Selimov. Im more of a pro-style
    boxer, and for the past couple of years, the amateur system suited me.Amateur
    boxers began wearing headgear between the 1980 Moscow Games and the 1984
    Olympics in Los Angeles. Organizers believed the cushions around the skull and
    cheeks would cut down on concussions and other serious head injuries, but they
    also protected fighters from bloody damage, allowing them to compete in a
    multi-fight tournament with almost no cuts.With fighters faces hidden behind
    bulky padding, the amateur sport gradually lost its long-held status as a
    must-see Olympic event. The headgear era roughly coincided with the move to a
    computer-based, punch-counting scoring system.Both factors contributed to
    Olympic boxings evolution into a sometimes plodding sport derided as fencing
    with gloves, with fighters rewarded for light punches and elusiveness over
    power, toughness and combinations.AIBA has returned to a pro-style scoring
    system since the London Games. The resulting sport is more attractive in almost
    every manner, and the bouts in Rio have generally been more compelling -- but
    the blood on the fighters faces portends a potential problem.Professional boxers
    get several months of recovery time between bouts. Olympic boxers must fight up
    to five times in a nine-day span, with no time for significant cuts to heal in
    any meaningful way.So fighters will punch and pray.Russian bantamweight Vladimir
    Nikitin bled all over himself while beating Vanuatus Boe Warawara on Wednesday.
    A deep cut in the scalp on the left side of Nikitins head sent blood pouring
    down his face and neck, but he smiled through the reddened mess when his hand
    was raised in victory.Nikitin believes hell have no problem fighting again
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    .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February
    and out of a job six months later. The opening of the Gulfstream Park West meet,
    scheduled for Wednesday, was pushed back to Saturday with Hurricane Matthew
    forecast to hit the area Thursday and into Friday. The 40-day session is
    scheduled to run through Nov. 27.Training has been canceled at Gulfstream Park
    West in Miami and Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. No mandatory
    evacuation of horses has been ordered at either track, although trainers stabled
    in the lower-lying areas of Gulfstream Park -- which is more prone to flooding
    -- were given the option of moving their horses to Palm Meadows.Trainer Mark
    Casse shipped all 28 horses he had stabled at Gulfstream Park to Ocala, Fla., on
    Wednesday due to concerns about flooding.Gulfstream Park remained open for
    simulcasting Wednesday, but was to close Thursday and Friday and reopen
    Saturday.The safety of our fans, horses, jockeys, horsemen, and employees is our
    top priority, said P.J. Campo, vice president of racing for The Stronach Group
    and general manager of Gulfstream Park, which leases the Gulfstream Park West
    facility from Churchill Downs. Because weather conditions the next few days
    remain uncertain, we tthought it was best to call off the next few days and kick
    off the Gulfstream Park West meet over the weekend.ddddddddddddEntries for both
    Saturday and Sundays programs at Gulfstream Park West were drawn Wednesday, with
    10 races each day. Only two races were carded on the grass for Saturday,
    including the five-furlong allowance feature. Sundays main event mirrored the
    conditions of the statebred allowance feature from Thursdays canceled
    program.Gulfstream Park West, formerly Calder Race Course, has had to deal with
    several other hurricanes. The track sustained damage to the grandstand and barn
    area during Hurricane Wilma in the fall of 2005. Several months earlier,
    management was forced to postpone the Summit of Speed program one day due to the
    effects of Hurricane Dennis. Racing was also canceled at Calder for two days
    when Hurricane Frances passed through in 2004. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew
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